Shore Stories

A weekly series by reporter John Woestendiek that portrays the people, places and rituals that define summer at the beach.

September 7, 2006

It's only summer love

"I know you're gonna miss me

August 31, 2006

Getting on their good side

Of all the strange creatures at the beach - jellyfish floating like ghosts in the waves, blood-sucking deer flies searching the sand for human flesh, gold chain-wearing middle-aged men prowling the nightclubs - none has creeped out as many vacationers as this one.

August 22, 2006

Sea change

Like many childhood disappointments, this one remains stamped in Holly Ann Firuta's memory -- as fresh as today's catch, as lingering as the smell of menhaden that once wafted over this 375-year-old fishing town.

August 14, 2006

Are we there yet?

You love the beach. You hate the drive: two and a half hours - assuming you don't get caught in weekend traffic - of cornfields and chicken farms, soybeans and cemeteries, bait shops and outlet malls.

August 7, 2006

Devotion by the ocean

Sun-baked vacationers - their bodies tired, their bellies full, their brains unfettered from workplace worries - shuffle along the boardwalk in a balmy late-evening breeze, in no particular hurry to get any particular place.

August 7, 2006

Sandals spread the word, one step at a time

Kathleen Farrell has left a mark - thousands of them, in fact - on beaches she has never set foot on.

July 27, 2006

Beach party

Unfortunately for this town, what happens in Dewey isn't staying in Dewey.

July 17, 2006

What the turtle fears

Living life in a shell, Lucky wasn't used to all the attention.

July 10, 2006

A towering presence

Tower 7, as it's known, is 65 years old and 110 feet tall, scratched with graffiti and whipped by decades of salty ocean winds - but it remains nearly as solid as the day it was hurriedly built by a country on the verge of war.

July 8, 2006

Shore Stories

Crash course

Catch a wave," the Beach Boys sang, "and you're sitting on top of the world."

June 29, 2006

Shore Stories

Bay Watch

I've just realized it: I am a Type Bay personality.

June 19, 2006

Prints of the city

A weekly series by reporter John Woestendiek that portrays the people, places and rituals that define summer at the beach.

June 13, 2006

Shore stories

O.C. family's sticky business

Part of a series about people, place and rituals that define summer at the beach

June 5, 2006

Shore Stories

Ocean of freedom

A series about people, places and rituals that define summer at the beach.

May 29, 2006

Walking the planks

Today we begin a weekly series by reporter John Woestendiek that portrays the people, places and rituals that define summer at the beach.

May 29, 2006

He said, she said, down on the shore

Pick a sense, any sense, and the boardwalk in Ocean City will fill it up - whether it's the smell of caramel corn, the sight of a spinning Ferris wheel, the taste of salt water taffy or the feel of hot wood under bare feet.

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